Fishing Rod Review Process

Fishing Rod Review Process

When reviewing fishing rods we focus on 4 main key attributes.

  • Build quality
  • Casting & feel
  • Playing fish
  • Value for money
Here’s a bit more detail on what we exactly look for in these components:

Build Quality

When assessing the build quality of a fishing rod we focus on the raw materials used to build the rod and how they knit together to output the rod’s overall performance.

One of the key parts of this assessment is the blank. We look at how it was made, how it feels, its power, its subtlety, its overall balance as well as the materials used to build it.

We also focus on the quality, materials and performance of the handle, the reel seat, and the eyes on the rod.

Casting & Feel

Without stating the obvious here, we test how the rod casts both short distances and longer distances. We are examining how smooth the cast is and how much effort is required to gain the desired distance.

We also test accuracy to see if the rod (in the right hands) can hit a designated spot a certain number of times. The more times the rod casts the required distances with the required accuracy, the higher it scores.

Playing Fish

Let’s face it, we all go fishing to catch fish. We also want to enjoy the experience when doing so. Rods are reviewed in this category by simply catching fish and rating the experience of the fight.

We are looking at how a rod can dictate a fight, i.e. its power, how subtle it is and most importantly how enjoyable it is to play fish on.

Value For Money

As an angler, you may have heard of the term ‘Tackle Tax’. If you haven’t, it’s when fishing tackle brands charge an extortionate amount of money when you can get the same quality product a lot cheaper elsewhere.

Under the ‘value for money’ review, we value and score the rod for its price-point against its quality and actual worth.

What Is The Scoring System

At eTackle, the scoring system is the same no matter the item of fishing tackle being reviewed. The only things that change are the actual attributes being tested which is dependant on the type of tackle being assessed.

For more detail on the scoring system you can check out our dedicated reviews page.